This is about the plan to build an indoor aquatic and recreation center to further the appeal to newcomers and others to our small town. I realize it's the city's job to attract new businesses and new residents to grow our area. However, we need to bear in mind that the populace is largely comprised of people who work for a living. We do have some visitors and tourists, but we are not a huge vacation destination. In addition, quite a few businesses that would have employed a lot of people have either cancelled plans or failed to remain in the area.

Many of us endeavor to pay our bills and stay ahead of existing rising costs we already have. We are barely emerging from the Greenway and riverfront development, and already city leaders are hard at work trying to come up with the next project to spend our money. Each of our bills rise each year, but for those of us on fixed incomes, our funds are expected to somehow stretch and just when our medical issues are emerging and expanding.

We do need to spend on updating infrastructure, like hardening our electric grid, which is of the utmost importance. Without electricity, nothing moves. My point is about whether our money is well spent here or better spent on more important matters or even at all.

A project of this magnitude -- $20.3 million, which is always more when all is said and done -- affecting each citizen should be included on the ballot for the next election. And, let's not forget the honest truth of the quote, "It is way too easy to spend other people's money."

Sandy Johnson


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